Holistically Protecting Your Salesforce Data: A Three-Bucket Strategy

legal and business implications of data breach

Why should you read this?

Because in the realm of data security, especially concerning Salesforce, understanding the holistic approach to data protection is not just beneficial – it’s essential.

Today, we delve into the legal and business implications of data incidents and breaches, emphasizing the inseparability of various elements and teams involved in these critical situations.

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The Three-Bucket Strategy

Visualize data protection in Salesforce as a three-bucket strategy. Each bucket represents a distinct phase in the lifecycle of data incident management: before, during, and after a breach.

Let’s explore each bucket in detail.

Bucket One: Before the Incident

Preparation is key. As privacy advisors and lawyers often emphasize, the more you prepare beforehand, the smoother the management during a breach.

This preparation involves:

  • Implementing incident response and disaster recovery plans.
  • Conducting training and awareness programs for staff.
  • Simulating breach scenarios to test preparedness.
    Practicing data minimization – collecting only what’s necessary.

Read more about Cloud Compliance’s Data Minimization and Retention here.

Consider data minimization as an environmental effort akin to reducing plastic usage. The less unnecessary data you collect, the lower the risk of a breach.

Bucket Two: During the Incident

This is crunch time. Operating under tight constraints and limited knowledge, quick and effective decision-making is crucial. Key points to remember:

  • Identify who is “driving the bus” – usually the CISO or security personnel.
  • Maintain clear and effective communication across departments.
  • Consider involving external counsel for confidentiality and expert guidance.

Remember, managing a data breach is a dynamic process, requiring agility and clear leadership.

Bucket Three: After the Incident

Often overlooked, the post-breach phase is critical.

It involves:

  • Learning from the incident.
  • Implementing remediation strategies identified in your report.
  • Documenting the incident comprehensively for future reference.


This phase is about turning lessons into actionable improvements, ensuring better preparedness for future incidents.


Data protection in Salesforce, or any platform, is a cyclical process. It’s about continuously improving your strategies and responses in each phase of the data breach lifecycle.

Just like in military training, where every operation is followed by a debrief, in data protection, every incident should lead to learning and adaptation. Embrace this three-bucket strategy to enhance your Salesforce data security and ensure your organization is always one step ahead in data protection.

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Saurabh Gupta

Saurabh is an Enterprise Architect and seasoned entrepreneur spearheading a Salesforce security and AI startup with inventive contributions recognized by a patent.

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